We usually share our work on the “front lines” of service to our neighbors in need. But you already know this story. We stand with our entire community, country, and world on the front lines of unprecedented social and economic upheaval and distress. Vulnerability, uncertainty, and anxiety are our common experiences. And now, there are so many conflicting messages, dire predictions, and personal hardships that we feel ourselves groping in the dark for answers.
Here’s a beautiful story of how your love, care, and compassion, through the ministries of CCI, have already made a difference this year.
Originally from Mexico, Lucia and her two young children were living in Texas. Because of the pandemic, Lucia’s employer closed his business. With no income, she lost her apartment, and then struggled in temporary housing which exposed her family to abusive and unhealthy living conditions, all compounded by the COVID quarantine. Lucia and her children, sleeping on the floor, had no income, limited food, or other necessities. A sister invited her to move to rural Idaho, where she now lives in a small house with her sister’s large family.
Knowing they needed help, Lucia called Catholic Charities of Idaho. Because of the pandemic and Lucia’s rural location, we have delivered all of our services remotely by phone. Our case manager worked with Lucia to develop a plan for wrap-around, strength-based services. We issued a voucher for use at a local thrift shop, providing $500 for bedding, clothes, backpacks, school supplies, and clothes for Lucia and her children. We helped her identify job opportunities and apply for a government-issued cellphone. We arranged access to a local food bank, and worked on a food stamp application for her youngest child who is a US citizen. We connected her with the local school district to enroll the eldest in school and the youngest in Head Start. Our Immigration team has helped Lucia apply for a visa so she can become a lawful resident of the U.S. And finally, when employment is secure, we will help her achieve permanent housing and a full restart to her life.
At CCI, love of neighbor is our book of theology. What does love look like? Commitment to one family at a time, like Lucia’s. We provide the effort and care it takes, for however long it takes, to make a difference, pandemic, no pandemic, and always. Your support has always kept us going, can you help us again? Helping neighbors is the way we truly learn about God and our calling. That is our mission at Catholic Charities of Idaho. Please pray for us, that we may continue to be a ministry of God’s holy love. My prayer is for each of you and your loved ones! Please make a gift today. It will go far to help those most in need. Thank you!
You may make a one-time contribution to help Catholic Charities of Idaho serve our community, or you may provide consistent, dependable support to CCI and those we serve by giving a monthly gift through an Automatic Deduction from your credit card. You may adjust your giving level or cancel your commitment at any time.
For more information, please call 208-350-7482.
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Catholic Charities of Idaho
P. O. Box 190123
Boise, ID 83719
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